Cal Humanities

"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

Free Public Talk: Shaping San Francisco – Agents of Change

Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics 518 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA

SAN FRANCISCO – As part of SHAPING SAN FRANCISCO’s Free Public Talks Series, Fred Glass (From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement), takes a long look at the labor history of California with Chris Carlsson (Foundsf.org), who focuses on the ebb and flow of class war in San Francisco. With videos and debate! […]

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SAN FRANCISCO– Shaping San Francisco Public Talk: Art & Politics—Seth Eisen “OUT of Site”

Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics 518 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA

SAN FRANCISCO-- As part of Shaping San Francisco’s Free Public Talks Series, Seth Eisen/Eye Zen Presents and collaborators bring to life research and performance excerpts from their newest project (a collaboration with Shaping SF)—a series of queer history performance-driven walking tours through the streets of San Francisco.

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SAN FRANCISCO– (CANCELLED) Shaping San Francisco Public Talk: Art & Politics—Mona Caron and Kiernan Graves

Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics 518 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA

SAN FRANCISCO-- In summer 2017 an ambitious project was begun to restore and extend the life of Mona Caron's Market Street Railway Mural at 15th and Church Streets. When it was painted in 2003-04, it quickly became a beloved piece of public art, and uniquely presented a complicated historical narrative of Market Street, its uses over […]

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SAN FRANCISCO– Shaping San Francisco Public Talk: Popular Front to the Cold War

Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics 518 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA

As part of Shaping San Francisco’s Free Public Talks Series historians Chuck Wollenberg, Jonathan Hunt, and Kathryn Olmstead discuss a number of reflective questions related to the Cold War: How did Communists help build this social movement, and how did the Communist Party undercut its own principles during WWII? How did African American workers and interned Japanese-Americans fit into the story? And where did that leave California politics at the end of WWII and the beginning of the long post-war economic boom?

SAN FRANCISCO– Shaping San Francisco Public Talk: SF’s Freeway Revolt

Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics 518 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA

SAN FRANCISCO-- Today’s San Francisco and our village-like neighborhoods, charming architecture, and quality of life are indebted to the Freeway Revolt that shocked the nation between 1956 and 1965. Most histories have focused on the politicians and city leaders who argued and voted in those years, overlooking the vital role of the emergent middle-class women […]

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